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25-How to Speak Truth
Taken From Devee Bhaagvat
Ved Shaastra always say that one should always speak truth. But sometimes people have difficult situation to follow this. Maybe this story can help them to follow it. This story is from one of the scriptures composed by Sage Vyaas, the Devee Bhaagavat.
Sage Satyavrat had taken the vow of always saying the truth - hence his name as Satyavrat (Vow of Truth). One day he saw a pig came running towards him. He had been struck by an arrow. He stopped, looked about himself and then hid in the bushes nearby. Soon a fierce-looking hunter came following him and started looking for him. When he could not make out to which side the pig had run away, he asked Satyavrat whether he had seen a pig wounded by an arrow. Now Satyavrat was in a flux. If he tells the hunter where the deer is, he will kill him; and if he does not tell him then his vow to speak truth is broken.
So Satyavrat gave an answer which saved the pig, Dharm, and possibly his own
life too." What was it?
Most importantly, know that if anybody
asks a question, one is never obliged to give an answer."
Created by Sushma Gupta on 5/9/09
Updated on 10/02/13